At the unveiling of the new ‘Welcome to Country’ sign are (from left) Arakwal spokesperson Yvonne Stewart, Byron United president Ed Ahern, Arakwal elder Linda Vidler and Byron United vice-president Sevegne Newton.
At the unveiling of the new ‘Welcome to Country’ sign are (from left) Arakwal spokesperson Yvonne Stewart, Byron United president Ed Ahern, Arakwal elder Linda Vidler and Byron United vice-president Sevegne Newton.

New sign welcome

A new ‘Welcome to Country’ sign recently installed at Railway Park in Byron Bay sent a wonderful message to the community and visitors, Arakwal spokesperson Yvonne Stewart said.

The sign, painted by indigenous painter Digby Moran, is a joint initiative of Byron United and the Arakwal Corporation.

Ms Stewart said she was very happy with the sign.

“It sends a beautiful message and it’s something we have been trying to get done for 10 years,” she said.

“It’s a formal sign welcoming people to Bundjalung country.

“We are so rich in culture here and this initiative is just wonderful.”

‘The Welcome to Country’ sign features local terns searching for pipis.

The sign was funded as part of the Beautiful Byron campaign.

Byron United vice-president Sevegne Newton said Railway Park was the centre of town, so it was an appropriate place to install the sign and get the message across.

She said that Byron United and the Arakwal Corporation were still working on getting new ‘Welcome to Byron Bay’ signs installed at the entrances to town and would be seeking government funding as well as the support and approval of the Byron Shire Council and RTA.

“This is an important initiative between the business community and the Arakwal Corporation which is reflective of our community values, culture and heritage,” Ms Newton said.

“I would particularly like to thank Yvonne Stewart, who has worked with us to make this first project a reality, and we look forward to working with them on other projects that are beneficial to the whole community.”

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